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    Hookup Culture: A Victory for Women

    By kyle | August 28, 2012

    Seldom have I come across a piece as comprehensively wrong as Hanna Rosin’s defense of hookup culture as a feminist victory in The Atlantic.

    Topics: Sex | 7 Comments »

    7 Responses to “Hookup Culture: A Victory for Women”

    1. sherm Says:
      August 28th, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      KS please elaborate!! I thought the piece painted a balanced view and did conclude with the sad realities facing young women who engage in this recreation…

    2. kishke Says:
      August 28th, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      The subjects of that article will, in fifteen years, be the subjects of this one:

    3. Kyle Says:
      August 29th, 2012 at 4:22 am

      The Rosin article is dismal. “Hookup culture” wasn’t dreamed up by women as they have zero to gain from it. The pornification of American society is not, to say the least, a victory for women. Allowing or encouraging men to continue to act like kids well into their 20s is not going to benefit women (or men). And is it even a “triumph” for women if, in some demographic slices, they out-earn men? If men are becoming the ones who stay home and work on their guitar playing and art projects while women are putting in 80 hours a week for a corporate law firm, who is really winning here?

      The women in the article who defend hookup culture might as well be Russians who defend Vladimir Putin. They’ve been fooled by propaganda. Moreover, the hookup-obsessed Duke woman with the PowerPoint presentation on her alleged “conquests” was a pathetic cautionary tale (not a cute instance of female empowerment) about a sad, confused, drunken and lost young woman searching for romance and completely unable to find it, as Caitlin Flanagan revealed in her able analysis.

    4. SK Says:
      August 29th, 2012 at 9:13 am

      Unfortunately, I had a mental picture of Sandra Fluke while skimming the article. These are joyless young women, and I wonder how many of them are on antidepressants.

      SK (formerly commenting as KS [my initials], but not the real Kyle Smith)

    5. Obama bin Biden Says:
      August 29th, 2012 at 11:09 am

      Fix me a sandwich on your way out.

    6. kishke Says:
      August 30th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      The idea that the pathetic tramp from Duke is any kind of hero is simply laughable. I thought Flanagan’s analysis was spot on.

    7. sherm Says:
      August 31st, 2012 at 9:24 am

      And to think how hard it was to get laid in college in the late 70s….